Sound bites from the 2015 CCFP Roundtable Conference

"Time waits for no one and the time for change is now because the children need us." Elizabeth Garcia, New Building Blocks - Child Care Center in Los Angeles

"It's time to take action and let the world know about CACFP.  There are so many different challenges for all types.  This is our time!" Chris Clark talking about the CACFP Take Action Challenge.

"Competition is fierce for money in Congress." Geri Henchy during her presentation at the CCFP Roundtable general session.

"The Study of Nutrition and Activity in Child Care Settings (SNACCS) will directly address key research recommendations from the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA)." Marina Boyle from Abt Associates

"Chances are you've been taking care of a husband, your own children, the children in your care and everyone else.  It's time to take care of yourself." Tom Copeland talking to family child care providers at the CACFP Provider Leadership Institute

"I made a stand for the left over produce from my garden and put it on the street outside of my house.  It has become a part of the community.  Neighbors leave their produce on it, we talk about our gardens and the best part - the children playing in front will run over and grab snap peas from it while they play." Bryan Brown of CAPSLO

"Do One Thing." Chef Ann Cooper 

"We are already doing so many of these things.  We are excited to have promote them with the CACFP take Action Challenge." Group from E Center when looking at Group 2 USDA Resources and Best Practices

"We are going to apply for a Chef Ann Foundation Grant for Salad Bars in our program" Focus Group Table talking about the CACFP take Action Challenge

"I didn't know anyone here and everyone is so willing to take me in." Annonymous

"The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is an opportunity for advocacy." Krista Scott of Child Care Aware of America.

It was a conference filled with inspirational people who wanted to not only make change but be that change.

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